Golden Knights To Use Giant Helmet Prop For Remainder Of Playoffs
A 20-foot-tall Golden Knights helmet was lowered from the T-Mobile Arena rafters to introduce players prior to their postseason debut against the Kings on Wednesday, and a team exec said that the club will "deploy the gigantic knight helmet prop before each of the remaining home playoff games," according to Alan Snel of LVSPORTSBIZ.com. The helmet made a 45-second descent as the team's "ominous intro music played" before Game 1, and its "dramatic delivery and its arrival on the ice came off well-choreographed with a red glow in the helmet’s interior edged with yellow lighting." Nevada-based Water FX Special Projects Estimator Robert Waroway, who oversees large-scale props at the firm, said that the team "started planning the giant helmet prop about 12 weeks ago." Waroway said that to deliver the giant helmet to the ice in a "timely manner, new motors were replaced in the arena ceiling so that the helmet could be delivered in 45 seconds instead of the seven minutes it would have taken with the original motors." The prop was "such a crowd-pleaser that the Golden Knights are working on making a mini helmet replica of the prop to sell." Golden Knights CMO Brian Killingsworth said it “might be more of a next season item." Waroway said that the helmet will "have a fog effect working that will make it appear as if the players are hitting the ice through a haze of smoke" (LVSPORTSBIZ.com, 4/12).